Welcome to PokerSitngos.com. This is the place to be if you want to learn more about sit n go poker tournaments, including what they are, how to play them and profit, what tools you need and what the best poker sites for sit and go’s are that will give you the best bang for your buck. The information on this site is mostly geared for beginner and intermediate players, but even advanced or pro sit n go players are sure to find something useful.
The rest of this page will explain more about the basics behind poker sit n goâs. So if youâre completely new to them, thatâs where youâll want to start. However, if you already know the basics, then feel free to take a look at our (716) 559-9480 and strategy articles.
And if youâre interested in getting started at a site right away, we recommend playing at one of the rooms listed in our table below. These are the best sites for sit n goâs, based on available games and variations, traffic, site trustworthiness, bonuses and banking.
What is a Sit n Go?
A sit n go is a tournament. Unlike the tournaments you see on TV, however, a sit n go doesnât start at a specific day or time. A sit n go tournament starts when a certain number of seats have been filled. For example, an 18-man sit n go will start when 18 players have registered. Thatâs where the name comes from â players sit, and the tournament goes (starts).
Aside from when a sit n go starts, it will mirror a regular tournament in nearly every way. You start with a predetermined number of chips, and once those are gone the youâre eliminated. Only so many players will receive a payout, so if youâre eliminated outside of the payout spots, then you donât receive anything.
The progression of a sit n go is the same, too. The blinds start low, but every so often they will increase.
And just like a tournament, there is a bubble and final table.
All in all, a sit n go is identical in nearly every way, with the exception of how it starts.
Types of Sit n Goâs
There are many types of sit n go tournaments â too many to list individually, thatâs for sure. Each poker site online will usually have their own flagship or core games and variations, along with common sit n goâs that youâll find anywhere.
The plan is to go into more detail about each sit n go out there in our guides, but here is a brief overview of the games and variations that youâll find online – you can also find solid selections of most sit n go types at the Bovada, along with other recommended rooms like Carbon or ACR:
Formats & Game Types
- Heads-up (1-on-1)
- 4, 6, 9 and 10-handed (single table / STT)
- 12, 18, 27, 45, 90 and 180-mans (multi table / MTT)
In addition to the number of players, sit n goâs are played in almost every poker game type. Texas holdem is by far the most popular, but omaha, stud and mixed game sit n goâs are also played.
Numerous variations of sit n goâs exist. And each will have their own nuances and strategies. What youâll find is that even though you can go from one sit n go variation to the next and be able to hold your own, without becoming a student of that specific variation youâll never be that good or great at it. Theyâre that different from each other.
Here are the most common variations:
- Standard blinds (10-minutes long)
- Turbo blinds (3-5 minutes long)
- Super turbo blinds ( < 3 minutes long)
- Standard stack (1,000 to 2,000 chips)
- Deep stack (3,000 to 5,000)
- Double or Nothing (half the field wins)
- Knockouts / Bounty (knockout a person and collect a âbountyâ)
Thatâs just a small glimpse. There are many, many more. Keep in mind that poker rooms might give variations different names. For example, a bounty tournament is also known as a knockout tournament.
Variations are usually combined, too. Take bounty tournaments for example again â most bounty sit n goâs are deep stacked, and the most popular ones have turbo blind levels.
Sit n goâs have stakes ranging from $.06 to $2,000+ per game, with part of that going to the rake (house fee) and the rest to the prize pools and bounties.
Most games run at the micro and small stakes, between $.06 and $25. Depending on the exact game, variation, poker site and time of day, itâs common for these games to be running non-stop. This is great for multi-tabling grinders.
For stakes above $25, games donât run as frequently. So if youâre playing at this level youâll have to mix all kinds of buy-ins together (if you multi-table) to get a full session in. Or just wait until a game fires.
Sit n Go Tournament Pros
I have to admit, Iâm a little biased as most of my experience comes from sit n goâs and a little bit of tournaments. So I do feel that most poker players would benefit from learning sit n go tournaments first, before moving on to tournaments or even cash games.
Let me give you a couple of my reasons why.
Pro #1 – Bankroll
One reason to start with sit n goâs is that your money will go farther â much, much farther compared to tournaments and cash games.
For example, say you started with a $300 bankroll. That would give you almost 30 buy-ins at the $6 level before having to drop down to the $3 games. And you can make $10-$20 per hour grinding the $6 games, and maybe more if you mass table (20+).
$300 wouldnât take you that far in cash games. The only games you could (or should) play is 10nl ($.05/$.10). Say you earned 3bb per hour, thatâs only $.30 per table per hour. 10-tabling would only make you $3 per hour. It would take quite a while to build a bankroll big enough to move up.
And along with making more money faster, youâll be able to move up in stakes faster, assuming you have a reasonable sample size showing youâre profitable. Within 6-9 months you can be playing stakes that will earn you a substantial income — $5k to $10k, or more.
Overall, my opinion is that sit n goâs are better for your 5036057831. And if you wanted to play cash, you could build your bankroll playing sit n goâs and then move over to cash games where what youâll earn is more substantial.
Pro #2 – Develop Skills
There are a lot of skills that you start to develop playing sit n goâs:
- How to put players on ranges.
- How to play with a short stack.
- Being patient and choosing your spots. Sometimes passing on a +EV spot for a more +EV spot later on.
- Developing reads.
- Hand reading.
- Poker math â odds, outs, ranges vs. pot odds, etc.
And Iâm sure there are more that arenât coming to mind.
All of these skills can be developed further while playing sit n goâs, or you can take them and use them to play tournaments or cash games.
I should point out that you donât have to play sit n goâs to learn this stuff, but that I feel that they might be easier to learn playing sit n goâs.
Pro #3 – Consistency & Variance
Youâll definitely experience downswings and variance in sit n goâs. Itâd be silly (and naÃ¯ve) to think you wouldnât.
That said, they should be relatively small in comparison to what you might see in cash games and tournaments. With sit n goâs, it would be extremely worrying to have a losing streak of 30+ games â it just doesnât happen that often. Thatâs not to say that not going on a 30-game downswing means youâre winning â it doesnât. But you wonât go on some massive 50 or 100 buy-in downswing without winning anything, unless youâre trying to lose. So thereâs more consistency to sit n goâs, which only increases as you improve.
This isnât the case with tournaments. You can go tens, if not hundreds of tournaments without cashing, much less winning. So there is no consistency to them. The upside, of course, is that when you do when it should be a good payday. But you just never know when that payday is coming.
Sit n Go Cons
Like I said, Iâm biased, but I donât think itâd be right to put such a positive light on sit n goâs without sharing some of the downsides. There are a few.
- Earnings cap. There is a ceiling on how much a sit n go player can make per year. I donât have an exact number to give you, and I do know that a six-figure income is possible. But I would be confident in saying that youâll be hard pressed to find very many millionaire poker players that only play sit n goâs for their income. If you want to become a millionaire player, youâll have to focus on tournaments and/or cash games at some point.
- Scheduling. Sit n goâs are inconvenient because you have to set aside so much time to play them. You canât just get up and take a break whenever you want like you can with cash games. Once you start, youâre stuck until you bust, cash or win. For the smallest games, this can mean 25 minutes. But for the longer sit n goâs (90 and 180-mans), this means 2+ hours. That said, you do get a 5-minute break in the longer sit n goâs.
- Advanced poker skills. I did say that sit n goâs were good for developing skills, but they arenât great for taking many of those skills to another level. One good example is hand reading. Sit n goâs are primarily a preflop game, so you just donât have the opportunities to learn post flop play that you do playing cash games, and to some extent, tournaments.
The bottom line is that it all does come down to preference. Some people just like cash games more, whether itâs the limitless earning potential, freedom to get up whenever you want or the ability to develop postflop skills. And they mind the grind to get to all of those things.
However, if you donât have a preference and you want to build a good foundation, in regards to your bankroll and skill set, you canât go wrong with sit n goâs. Even if you only play them long enough to build a bankroll for small or mid-stakes cash games, I think youâll be glad you did.